Athletics & Recreation

VIU Mariners Athletics and Recreation

Visit the Mariners Athletics & Recreation website for more information!

Programs and Services

Outdoor Recreation

VIU Outdoor Recreation Students on Mt. Washington ski hill

Outdoor Recreation offers exceptional experiences for students in a wide range of outdoor-based adventure activities. We offer guided experiences that include equipment, transportation, accommodation, leadership, and instruction. 

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Intramurals and Special Events

VIU Nanaimo Campus Gym

The Intramural program has a wide range of recreational leagues, tournaments and special events. We pride ourselves in providing safe, fun, social and even at times competitive programs for all students, staff, and community.

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Fitness and Lifestyle

VIU Students in a yoga class

Fitness & Lifestyle is all about keeping students healthy, inside and out. Through health education, disease prevention, fitness enhancement and wellness programs and initiatives, Fitness & Lifestyle works to empower and encourage students to take responsibility for their own health.

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Services and Facilities

VIU Nanaimo Campus Gymnasium

VIU Students get a free gym membership at Mariners Athletics and Recreation (valid from September to April). Come on in (with your valid student card, sign a waiver and that is all you have to do. Alumni and Community members are always welcome!

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At our facility we have a main gymnasium floor, weight room, multipurpose room with boxing bag, upstairs multipurpose room with spin bikes and more!

The Women's and Men's locker rooms have showers for your convenience and towels are available for rent at the front desk!

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Inside Recreation

VIU Student playing basketball in the gym

Mariner’s Athletics and Recreation engages and supports the student experience by fostering meaningful connections, wellness, and personal growth through exceptional sport, recreation, and lifestyle activities.

Student Employment

Mariners Athletics and Recreation endeavours to provide students with meaningful work opportunities while studying at VIU. During this difficult time, we do not have any positions available for students. Check back frequently to see updates to the status of facility services and programming. Should opportunities arise you will see links active and positions posted on Student Employment.

Hours and Contact Information

Students on the stairs leading to the gym

The gym facility is only open for Academic classes that are critical to the mission of specific programs at this time. Please check back for updates regarding facility access for Fitness & Wellness, Intramural and Outdoor Recreation programming.

If you have any questions contact a gym attendant by email at or give us a call at 250-740-6418.


VIU Nanaimo Campus 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, BC Building 190, Room 107